Exhibitions and Displays

OPENING 21 JUNE: Sargent: The Watercolours
The first UK show in nearly 100 years devoted to watercolours by the American artist, John Singer Sargent (1856–1925). Renowned as the portraitist of his generation, Sargent also devoted time to developing his watercolours, which dazzle with light and colour, demonstrating a technical brilliance and striking individuality. This exhibition brings together over 80 watercolours to reveal Sargent’s idiosyncratic view of the world and the scale of his achievement.
21 June – 8 October 2017

Vanessa Bell (1879 – 1961)
Approximately 100 paintings, ceramics, fabrics and photographs arranged thematically reveal Vanessa Bell’s pioneering work in the genres of portraiture, still life and landscape.
Legacy: Photographs by Vanessa Bell and Patti Smith
A special display bringing together photographs by Vanessa Bell and the American writer, artist and musician, Patti Smith (b. 1946).
Until 4 June 2017

The Private Made Public: The First Visitors
Learn more about a typical visit to the Gallery in the 19th century. See James Stephanoff’s watercolour The Viewing at Dulwich Picture Gallery, c. 1830, the earliest known view of the Gallery’s interior, along with an example of an early Gallery handbook and visitor book which bears signatures of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf.
Until 4 June 2017

The Private Made Public: Antonio de Pereda
The next display will show Antonio de Pereda’s Two Figures at a Table with Kitchen Utensils (1631-1678), on loan from Penrhyn Castle (National Trust). A contemporary of Velázquez, Pereda is one of the finest still-life painters of the Spanish Golden Age and his Kitchen Scene is filled with exquisite details, which visitors will be able to explore at close quarters.
6 June – 8 October 2017

Special Events

NEW OPENING: Dulwich Pavilion
This summer we celebrate 200 years since we first opened to the public with the very firstDulwich Pavilion. Entry to the Pavilion is free throughout the summer, including free themed Friday Lates in June and July.
2 June – 8 October 2017

Free Friday Lates

Women’s Lives Made Art
For the closing weekend of our Vanessa Bell and Patti Smith exhibitions, explore how women’s art has reflected their lives and experiences. Expect drop-in photography workshops, music from SHE choir and discussions from leading curators and art historians.
Friday 2 June, 6-10pm, Free

Baroque Mash-Up
Baroque, but not as you know it. Join DJ Benjamin Tassie and musician Liam Byrne as they interpret the style. Be inspired by a street artist’s take on the Old Masters or take an alternative tour of our collection.
Friday 9 June, 6-10pm, Free

Writer Tom Wilkinson will reveal the powerful and intimate relationship between society and architecture. Hear from Dulwich Pavilion architects IF_DO and, courtesy of the BFI, join us for a special screening of The Changing Face of Camberwell (1963).
Friday 16 June, 6-10pm, Free

Choreographing the Collection
Join contemporary dance company Made By Katie Green and explore the Gallery’s paintings and unique architecture through an alternative dance tour that questions the relationship between our bodies and the artworks on the walls.
Friday 23 June, 6-10pm, Free

The Private Made Public
Delve into the Gallery’s founding idea: art for the public. Experience private music-making in a whole new way with viol player Liam Byrne and join special guests for a discussion on this seismic cultural shift – the opening of England’s first purpose-built public art gallery.
Friday 30 June, 6-10pm, Free
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Art & Wellbeing

Public Yoga
Breathe, stretch, strengthen and relax at a hatha yoga class held in our Dulwich Pavilion. Benefit from the optimum blend of energy and calm created by Michele Misgalla in this unique location.
4 June, 10.30 – 11.30am, £10

Lectures and Talks

Curator’s Lecture: Sargent’s Figure Studies in the Alps
Richard Ormond, co-curator of Sargent: The Watercolours and Sargent’s grand-nephew, gives an insight into how the artist spent his summers and autumns from 1900 to 1914 painting landscapes and figure subjects on the continent, as an antidote to the pressures of portrait painting.
22 June, 12.30 – 1.30pm. £12, £10 Friends

Contextual Lecture Series 2017: London: The Making of a Global City
What makes a global city and how do we maintain its expanding fortitude? Join expert speakers as they examine aspects of London identity from 1817–2017; two centuries of social, industrial and cultural innovations.
All lectures: 10.30 – 11.30am. £12, £10 Friends

English Law and The Empire
This talks aims to be an entertaining and perhaps thought-provoking sketch of English law as a basic ingreident of the British Empire and Commonwealth – with a glance at international law.
13 June

The Contemporary City
Ben Judah will talk through the new London, the mega-city, in the eyes of migrants. What are the stories we never hear, from the people we never see?
20 June

Tuesday Evening lecture series
The welcome return of the Tuesday Evening lecture series sees our lecturers discussing the significance of animals, cities, fashion, gardens and food in art, exploring the parts they all play on the wider canvas, and how they are interpreted.
7.00 for 7.30pm/Linbury Room. £12, £10 Friends. Includes a glass of wine from7.00pm

Fashion in Art
Portraits provide a fascinating snapshot of the changing styles of dress over the centuries. This lecture follows the different fashions as revealed in paintings, looking at dress and accessories, and some of the more ridiculous extremes that fashion has reached.
6 June

Food in Art
It is a curious thing to make food a subject for art; instead of eating it, painting it. Indeed, by the seventeenth century ‘still life’ was considered the lowest of the hierarchy of genres.  This lecture examines why artists have turned their attention to the humble subject of food across many ages and styles.
20 June

Gardens in Art
This talk explores some of the ways in which art has portrayed gardens through history, from ancient frescoes to modern installation art, and from precise images of seventeenth century parterres to rich sweeps of colour conjuring delicious herbaceous borders.
27 June

InSight Lecture Series: Sargent’s Watercolours in Context
Sargent is perhaps better known for his oil paintings and portrait commissions, but he dedicated much of his career to mastering watercolour. This series examines what might have attracted him to this particular medium; looking at watercolours by Turner, a forerunner of Sargent; at his American contemporaries.
10.30-11.30am/ Linbury room. Series of 3 £32, £26 Friends, Single lecture £12, £10 Friends

The Medium of Modernism: Watercolour in America from Homer to Hopper
In the early 20th century watercolour painting was widely promoted in America as a dynamic and modern means of expression. Winslow Homer became the father figure to a generation of warecolour painters, like Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper, better known for their later work. Others, such as John Marin and Charles Demuth, are still awaiting recognition in Britain.
7 June

Sargent, Watercolour and the Avant-Garde at the Fin de Siècle
This talk will situate Sargent’s practice as a watercolourist alongside that of his contemporaries and friends such as James McNeill Whistler, Hercules Brabazon and Philip Wilson Steer. It will examine the status of watercolour practice and the role of watercolour within the fast-changing London art world at the turn of the 20th century.
14 June

InTown Lecture Series: A series of lectures about major exhibitions in other London galleries
7.00 for 7.30pm/Linbury Room. £12, Friends £10. Includes a glass of wine

Hokusai Japanese watercolours at the British Museum
This talk will discuss the Hokusai exhibition at the British Museum, with focus on the “great wave” which made Katsushika Hokusai one of the best loved artists in the world.  Dr Lockyer will explore how this iconic work was only the beginning of an extraordinary outpouring of artistic activity in the last twenty years of Hokusai’s life.
5 June

Gallery Film

Each sociable evening includes a complimentary glass of wine, snacks and film notes. Bar opens at 7.00pm. Screenings at 7.30pm. Linbury Room. £9; £7 Friends

Hannah and Her Sisters
This film concerns the lives, loves, infidelities and intertwined stories of an extended family over two years, beginning and ending with a Thanksgiving dinner.
12 June

Practical Art

Practical Art for Young People

7-10yrs: Drawing: Out and About
Four Wednesdays from 21 June to 12 July, 4.30pm-6pm, £65
Inspired by Sargent’s love of painting outdoors, explore location drawing in the grounds of the Gallery. Experiment with a range of media including ink, warercolour, graphite and pastel, on a variety of surfaces. With artist Jo Veevers

Practical Art for Adults

Armchair Travel
Five Tuesdays from 13 June to 11 July, 10.30am-12.30pm, £150, £145
Be transported to Venice with Sargent’s watercolours of this beautiful city. You will use a light, sketchy approach to add a new dimension to your practice, and explore new compositional approaches inspired by Sargent’s close-ups of architectural features and fragments. With artist Liz Charsley-Jory

Sargent’s Sitters
Three Saturdays from 24 June to 8 July, 10am – 1pm, £30 per session
Take part in one or all three life drawing sessions and create a portfolio of drawings and watercolours inspired by Sargent The first session will focus on the nude male and the second on the nude female. The third and final session will culminate in working from costumed male and female models in the Pavilion. With artist Liz Charsley-Jory

Legacy Photography
18 June, 10am – 3pm, £75, £70
Spend an intensive day exploring the science behind the silver gelatin printing process, a technique used by Patti Smith in her photographs of Charleston. Using a disposable black and white film camera, you will explore light and shade, texture and tone, and learn how to develop these images in a darkroom-less film processing session. With artist Charlotte Longworth

Family Events

Early Introductions: Family Morning Views
Gain exclusive access to Sargent: The Watercolours before opening hours for a family-friendly viewing. There will also be a free art-and-play session for your little one in theGallery.
30 June, 8.30 – 10am, Adults standard exhibition entry charge; children free

All Ages Welcome: Girl Power!
2 June, 10am – 5pm, £5
Explore the lives of powerful women and girls from all walks of life! Taking inspiration from the radical Vanessa Bell and Patti Smith, make your creative contribution to our wall of inspiring women, and take part in interactive storytelling sessions about the lives of role models including Amelia Earhart and Malala Yousafzai.

Pavilion Lego Workshops
17 & 18 June
6-9yrs: 10.30am – 12pm
10-12yrs: 1 – 2.30pm
13-15yrs: 3 – 4.30pm
£16 – includes a take-away Lego build
Explore the architecture of arts spaces such as our Soane Gallery and the DulwichPavilion, with a professional Lego builder. During this session you will create your own Lego build that you get to take home!

Cavatina Children’s Concert
A concert designed for young people, featuring one of England’s finest young quartets. Firm believers in the importance of bringing chamber music to the next generation, the award-winning Sacconi Quartet will lead an afternoon of lively entertainment for all.
4 June, 2.15pm for 2.30pm start, Adults £5, children free. You may bring up to 5 children aged between 4 and 11

Puppet Shows
Imaginative puppeteer Drew Colby will once again entertain and delight young children aged 2-8, conjuring up magical stories.
11 June, 10.30am and 1.30pm, £5 per person, babies under one year free

Mini Masterpieces
Experience the delights of our Collection with your child aged 6-18 months. Enjoy an informal, child-friendly gallery visit followed by a hands-on, sensory art session tailored for you and your baby. Collection-based themes change monthly – come to one or all!
10am – 11am and 11.30am – 12.30pm. £12 per adult & child
Insects, Animals and Landscapes
6 & 29 June

Explore the stories behind our Permanent Collection and temporary exhibitions in interactive sessions with our storyteller Fiona Alderton.
2-4pm, £3 per child, Suggested ages: 3yrs+

A Musical Mystery
4 June

The Queen of Drury Lane
18 June

Get creative together at our practical drop-in sessions. Make everything from bunting to block prints!
2-4pm, £3 per child, Suggested ages: 3yrs+

Building the Gallery
11 June
Join us in our new pavilion to create a variety of structures inspired by the Gallery and the pavilion itself.

Summer Garden Mobiles
25 June
Create colourful creatures and critters to hang from a spiral mobile.


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